St. Sen. Cameron Brown seeks secretary of state post 2.18

Written by David Green.

Michigan state senator Cameron Brown announced last week his intent to see the 2010 Republican nomination for secretary of state. Brown refers to his agenda as  “Common Roots, Common Values, and Common Sense.”

 “The secretary of state’s office serves as the ‘front door’ to state government for Michigan residents,” said Brown, R-Fawn River Township. “The job is all about putting people first–something I’ve done for the past 25 years from the Sturgis City Commission all the way to the Michigan Senate.”

Brown, 54, was first elected to the Michigan Senate in November 2002, following two terms in the state House of Representatives. He was re-elected to the Senate in November 2006, and serves as the chair of the Homeland Security and Emerging Technologies Committee and vice-chair of the Campaign and Elections Oversight Committee.

“The Department of State must continue to improve upon the superb legacy of customer service established by Candice Miller and Terri Lynn Land,” Brown said. “I will build on their accomplishments and take additional steps to bring branch offices directly to the people of Michigan. Branch offices open 24 hours a day and on weekends, expanded online services, and even locating branch offices in highly trafficked locations like grocery stores and malls are all advancements I will explore.” 

“Cameron Brown does the right thing,” said state Rep. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “He has the backbone to stand up to special interests and is not swayed when the pressure is applied. He is a staunch advocate of the people and I support his candidacy for Michigan's Secretary of State.”

As a former community college history instructor, Brown selected the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth for his announcement.

“Good things are born on Feb. 12th,” Brown said. “To this day, Lincoln still represents the best of public service. In the face of incredible odds he prevailed without yielding his principles or values.”

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